Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Boris Johnson
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As discontent grows under the leadership of UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, he faces a no-confidence vote on Monday.
To trigger a vote of confidence, 15% of Conservative lawmakers (or 54 of the current 360 Conservative MPs) would have to write to Graham Brady, chairman of the 1922 committee overseeing the party’s leadership challenges.
On Monday, Brady announced that he had crossed the threshold.
Voting will take place on Monday evening local time, from 6pm to 8pm London time (1pm and 3pm ET.).
As soon as the confidence vote was announced, a Downing Street spokesman issued a brief statement saying that tonight’s referendum was “an opportunity to put an end to monthly speculation and allow the government to draw a line and move forward to give people priorities.” News reports.
The statement added that the Prime Minister welcomed the opportunity to present his case to the legislature and would “remind the electorate that when they focus together on issues of importance, there is no strong political force.”
Some senior Conservative lawmakers have already thrown their support behind the prime minister. Secretary of State Liz Truss tweeted on Monday that Johnson had “100% support” in the poll.
“He supported the recovery of Govt and Ukraine in the face of Russian occupation. He apologized for the mistakes he made. We must now focus on economic growth,” he said.
If Johnson wins the referendum, he will be protected from another confidence vote for another 12 months, although there are reports that the rules may change.
If Johnson loses the vote, he will be forced to resign and the Conservative leadership race will begin. At that point, Johnson, as an ousted leader, would not be allowed to stand.
Johnson may resign of his own free will, but despite earlier rumors of dissatisfaction among Tory MPs over Johnson’s colorful and often controversial leadership, he has shown no sign of doing so.
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